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Final leg of National Education Dialogue on Saturday
JOHOR BARU: The series of nationwide dialogues to seek input about the country's education system will make its final stopover in the state capital here on Saturday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to close the final leg of National Education Dialogue 2012 at the ballroom of the KSL Resort in Taman Century, here.
Some 1,300 people, including members of the public, teachers, school principals from throughout Johor, educationists, and education sector stake holders are expected to attend the dialogue.
Saturday's event will be the 15th stopover for the nationwide roadshow. An 11-member panel of experts from the education and others fields have been facilitating the series of dialogues.
The panel is chaired by Universiti Teknologi Mara chairman, Tan Sri Wan Mohd Zahid Wan Mohd Nordin.
Muhyiddin had previously said the dialogue was in line with the 1Malaysia spirit, which was to allow the engagement of the people on policy matters.
The series has been providing a platform for the people to give their views on education policies, teaching programmes, teachers' competency and all aspects of education from district, state to national levels.
The dialogues are part of a comprehensive evaluation report on the review of the education system, which is expected to be fully completed by next month.
State Education Department assistant director (information and communication technology), Kairul Annuar Abd Aziz , (correct) who is in charge of the publicity for the Johor event, said members of the public are welcome to provide input on the country's state of the education sector.
"The series of dialogues beginning April had traversed 14 other locations nationwide, and its aim was to gauge the opinions of the people.
"The ministry has identified nine main areas for discussion during the dialogue, and they would be put in place during the final session," he said.
The nine focused areas are enhancing the teaching profession; increasing the quality of school leadership; improving school quality; improving quality of curriculum and assessment and increasing multilingual ability; involvement of the parents, private sector and the community as partners in education; improving students' readiness for higher education and jobs; improving efficiency and effectiveness of resource management; and building capacity and capability.
The National Education Dialogue is from 9am onwards at the Ballroom, Level 7, KSL Resort, Johor Baru. Admission is free.